Lake Leslie, 15km from Warwick, has stocked yellowbelly, silver perch and Murray cod, and native populations of spangled perch and eel-tailed catfish.
The Leslie dam was built on Sandy Creek in 1963 and the lake since formed has a surface area of 1250ha, with an average depth of 8m when full.
This impoundment has been well stocked in years past and was once one of Queensland’s best yellowbelly waters.
Drought and subsequent low water levels have affected this dam.
Yellowbelly are still the main catch on lures, with silver perch usually taken on bait.
Cod have been historically an occasional catch but there are enough caught to maintain interest.
Lake Leslie has rocks around the fringes and standing timber in the upper reaches of Sandy Creek. These are the spots to start fishing.
The lake has a range of facilities, including a shop, and Lake Leslie Tourist Park has camping, boats and kayaks.
Boats can be launched from a concrete boat ramp, or the bank.
Local streams are also stocked with fish.
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Lake Leslie cod
Lake Leslie kayak fishing
Drone footage of Lake Leslie at low water
Lake Leslie landbased fishingr
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